NYSEG AND RG&E OFFER CUSTOMERS THREE ‘GREEN’ OPTIONS FOR EARTH DAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, April 20, 2009 – NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to consider three environmentally-friendly energy options as we prepare to mark Earth Day on April 22.
Option 1: Go paper free and save a tree. NYSEG and RG&E offer three billing options that can help cut down on paper.
>> Our e-Bill service enables customers to receive and pay bills online.
>> Our e-Payment service enables customers to make payments online while still receiving a paper bill.
To learn more about our e-Bill or e-Payment services or to sign up, visit nyseg.com or rge.com.
>> Our electronic funds transfer service provides customers with a paper bill, but payments are then automatically deducted from the customer’s checking account. This eliminates the need for return envelopes and saves on postage. Enrollment is easy – just complete the form on the back of the bill payment stub.
Option 2: Out with the old, in with the new. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than comparable incandescent bulbs, so they can help reduce energy bills while also reducing greenhouse gases and the amount of fuel needed to generate power.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes a year, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 vehicles.
Why not make the switch to compact fluorescent bulbs today?
Option 3: Clean energy is blowing in the wind. NYSEG and RG&E offer customers the opportunity to choose to have all or a portion of their electricity generated by clean, renewable wind resources.
Purchasing just $7.50 worth of wind-generated electricity every month for one year reduces carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of planting 1.34 acres of trees or not driving 3,292 miles in your car.
With more than 22,000 customers who have purchased wind-generated electricity, NYSEG and RG&E together are 7th in the nation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) ranking of participation in “green” power programs.
To learn more about purchasing wind-generated electricity, visit nyseg.com or rge.com.
“We take our commitment to environmental stewardship very seriously, and we strongly encourage our customers to take steps to reduce their energy use to help protect the environment,” said Jim Laurito, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.
Laurito noted the companies’ long history of recycling everything from paper and toner cartridges to transformer oil and used electrical equipment. In addition, the companies have been leaders in installing energy-saving transformers and have replaced more than 100 gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid or partial zero-emissions vehicles.
About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation, a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. NYSEG serves 872,000 electricity customers and 256,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 360,000 electricity customers and 297,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E will continue to be valuable assets to the communities they serve. For more information, visit nyseg.com and rge.com.